Wheaton hosts regional powers Keene and Springfield in double-dual meet

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams concluded their first-semester home slate Saturday afternoon against regional powers Keene State College and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Springfield College in Balfour Natatorium.

Now 3-2, the Lyon women split with the Owls and Pride, besting Keene State by a 163-130 count while dropping a 187-112 decision to Springfield, which has won the last 10 league titles.  The men fell 228-72 to the Owls and 192-108 to the Pride, bringing them to 0-5 overall.

Senior Nicole Zais (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) had a hand in four event victories, while freshman Adrianne Madden (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) contributed to three.  Zais swept the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events, with her 200 time of 2:25.45 besting the next fastest swimmer by more than eight seconds.  Madden claimed the top time in the 100-yard backstroke race.

The pair also swam legs on the victorious 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay teams, joining seniors Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and Dania Piscetta (Belmont, N.H./Belmont).  Piscetta, who touched the wall first during the 100-yard freestyle, took third in the 100-yard butterfly, as her time of 59.85 was a mere 0.30 ticks shy of the winner.  Madden posted a runner-up mark in the 50-yard free.

The men's top finish came during the 200-yard freestyle relay, as seniors Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Shorecrest Prep), sophomore Sam Neill (Ludlow, Mass./Belchertown) and freshman Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill School) notched a second-place finish.

Fichman-Klein turned in third-place marks during the 100-yard breaststroke and butterfly races, as did freshman Charlie Maier (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) in the one- and three-meter dives. 

Fichman-Klein, Neill, Sabol and senior Sam Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, Conn./Xavier) took fourth in the 400-yard medley relay event, while Neill, Sabol and junior Trevor Deans (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) came in fifth during the 100-yard free, 100 back and 200 breast races, respectively.

The Lyons' final meet of the first semester will take place next month, when the teams travel to Cambridge for the two-day Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Invitational beginning on December 3 at 6:30 p.m.

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